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If I’m not writing, I’m painting. If I’m not painting, I’m collaging. Can’t stop, won’t stop. 🌸🎨📚

The woman in this photo is named Gerda. I have an album that belonged to her family in my collection. They were Germans, and the album spans the years before, during, and after the war. Sprinkled through shots of Gerda having fun with her sister and getting married and bearing children are other kinds of photos. There are images of bombed out houses, starving animals, and Jews digging holes under the watchful eyes of laughing soldiers. It’s an album that shows us how humanity’s darkest stories creep up and begin to co-exist right alongside a seemingly normal happy life.